Some personal reflections on African travel

Zimbabwe History & Heritage Tour 2016

October 27, 2015

Download article as PDF Details and Prices In August 2016, after years of thinking about it, I will be launching my Zimbabwe History and Heritage itinerary. This trip will be personally guided by myself, utilizing a few colleagues and local experts, and will emphasize the unique history of Zimbabwe, details of which are all over this website. For those that do not know me, I am the author of the current definitive History of Rhodesia, which is the pre-independence history of Zimbabwe, as well as a handful of other books related to the history and militaria of Zimbabwe. I will be assisted on this trip by Rob Burrett, and eminent Zimbabwean historian and author, Propser Rusike and Philip Chatikobo, both […]

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Kilimanjaro under-50s Summit 2015

August 16, 2015
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Download article as PDF The minimum age to summit, or attempt to summit Kilimanjaro, is 10-years, and I was interested in challenging my son Scott with an attempt on Kili in 2013 when he was ten years-old, but his mother, wisely or unwisely, demurred, and the expedition was deferred until my next climb, which was schedule for 2015. By then Scott was 12-years old, five years older than the youngest person on record to achieve the summit, a certain 7-year old by the name of Keates Boyd from LA, who not only broke the record but broke several TANAPA rules. One can assume that it was probably a parent or guardian who was responsible for this, and one must question the […]

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Serengeti National Park

July 9, 2015

Download article as PDF From the moment the cobbled boots of a European explorer kicked up dust in East Africa the plains of Serengeti have captured the imagination and defined the quintessence of wild Africa. Nowadays this iconic region falls under the protection of the Serengeti National Park, which is part of the spectacular family of national parks and conservancies that makes Tanzania such a spectacular all round destination. The region that the Maasi termed Serengit – or Endless Plain – in fact is covered by a number of different parks and conservancies, overlapping into Kenya, and including the extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the eruptions of which layered ash across a vast swathe of the landscape creating the characteristic […]

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A Reflection on Maputo

January 13, 2015
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Download article as PDF I found myself more reflective as we docked alongside Maputo, the capital of Moçambique, leaving behind the relative safety of South Africa – although safety is perhaps a misnomer, because there is nowhere on the accessible African circuit more dangerous than South Africa. In Durban, for example, as we were walking along the sidewalk, downtown, we encountered what is locally known as a Tstotsi sharpening his shank on the concrete sidewalk, in his case a length of bicycle spoke that typically will be slipped between your ribs as your earthly valuable are lifted. But it is safe insofar as it is identifiable as a city in the western sense of the word. Maputo, on the other […]

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Kilimanjaro 2013 Over Fifties Summit Report

September 9, 2013
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Download article as PDF Please check for current information… Kilimanjaro occupies a mythic status among the world’s great mountains. It towers nearly 20,000ft about the surrounding Maasai Steppe, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and an iconic backdrop to some of the most beautiful and ecologically important wilderness and wildlife areas in the world. It is an International Heritage Site, and in itself an important series of biomes among the half a dozen or so tropical highland regions that punctuate the Great Rift Valley complex. It is also a relatively easy mountain to climb – although I confess I was reminded several times on this trip to be more specific in future about what precisely the word ‘easy’ implies. […]

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G Adventures MS Expedition 2013 West Africa Cruise

May 7, 2013
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Download article as PDF The inaugural G Adventured MS Expedition 2013 West African Cruise kicked off from Cape Town on April 6, 2013. This was a cruise adventure with a difference. An expedition cruise. The good ship MS Expedition is more typically found in the polar regions, in real expedition cruise territory, but this year, while transiting from south to north, G Adventures decided to try applying the vessel on an adventure cruise from Cape Town to Senegal, the bi-polar regions, visiting a diversity of destinations in ten African countries. The MS Expedition West African Cruise offered a very different take on the standard template of African cruises. On board were a hundred and twenty or so passenger, mostly older […]

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